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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > General

Culture of Our Thinking in Relation to Spirituality (Paperback): Michael Hogan Culture of Our Thinking in Relation to Spirituality (Paperback)
Michael Hogan
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This book explores the culture of our thinking in relation to spirituality. It focuses largely on psychological science and the problems faced by scientists as they attempt to understand spirituality in action. The book attempts to untangle the concept of spirituality from various cultural attachments and it considers the way different worldviews and different philosophical perspectives can influence the models of spirituality we build. The book moves toward a contextualist view of spirituality, focusing in particular on the act in context, and it moves the reader to consider spirituality as the ultimate testing ground for pragmatic analysis. In this context, spirituality has to become more than a simple abstraction to survive, because to survive the test of pragmatic analysis it must facilitate successful action in context. The fact that spirituality has survived as a working concept for thousands of years suggests that it is resilient in this respect. However, to survive in the modern culture of science it needs to constantly reinvent itself as a working concept. Ultimately, spirituality, in this book, resurfaces from the depths of abstraction as part of an ongoing action state that has real functional significance. Spirituality comes to be identified as a worthy focus of analysis for children and adults alike as part of the science of education itself. Spirituality is not an abstraction to be feared and branded as anti-scientific. But to reverse engineer spiritual consciousness and spiritual action is no easy task either. Insight and out-sight must reach some form of compromise.

Light That Was Dark - From the New Age to Amazing Grace (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Warren Smith Light That Was Dark - From the New Age to Amazing Grace (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Warren Smith
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The Light That Was Dark is a sober warning to the world and to the Church. Author Warren Smith learned some hard lessons as a spiritual seeker. Smith's spiritual trek took him deep into the California subculture of alternative New Age spirituality. He was ""led"" to various New Age teachers and teachings that seemed to promise new wonders and a deeper sense of spiritual fulfillment to satisfy his ever-intensifying spiritual yearnings. Just as everything seems to be coming together for Smith, several unexpected jolts and twists occur in his life. Concerned that today's Church is being seduced by the same false teachings and same false Christ that drew him into the New Age, Smith shares his story.

Path of Kabbalah - Revealing the Hidden Wisdom (Paperback): Rav Michael Laitman Path of Kabbalah - Revealing the Hidden Wisdom (Paperback)
Rav Michael Laitman
R234 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R12 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Kabbalists state that there is no reality at all, but something called His Essence, the Upper Force, and this is what we perceive as our world. As uncanny as it sounds, this notion hides in its wings the very prospect of freedom, for every person, for every nation, and for the entire world. The structure and the perception of reality are the surface of this book. But the story of humanity, or more accurately, of the human soul, is the undercurrent that drives the reader forward in this book. It is about you, about me, about all of us. This book is about the way we were, the way we are, the way we will be, and most importantly, it is about the best way to get there. In this neatly structured composition, every part speaks of a different aspect of Kabbalah. It starts with our perception of reality, our perception of the Creator, and the evolution of our soul in the spiritual worlds (including explanatory drawings). The book also clears up misconceptions about Kabbalah and explains, in plain words, how to experience the spiritual realm of our lives.

Ritual: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Barry Stephenson Ritual: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Barry Stephenson
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Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational?
Alongside description of a number of specific rites, this Very Short Introduction explores ritual from both theoretical and historical perspectives. Barry Stephenson focuses on the places where ritual touches everyday life: in politics and power; moments of transformation in the life cycle; as performance and embodiment. He also discusses the boundaries of ritual, and how and why certain behaviors have been studied as ritual while others have not.
Stephenson shows how ritual is an important vehicle for group and identity formation; how it generates and transmits beliefs and values; how it can be used to exploit and oppress; and how it has served as a touchstone for thinking about cultural origins and historical change. Encompassing the breadth and depth of modern ritual studies, Barry Stephenson's Very Short Introduction also develops a narrative of ritual's place in social and cultural life.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Three Questions - How to Discover and Master the Power Within You (Hardcover): Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Emrys The Three Questions - How to Discover and Master the Power Within You (Hardcover)
Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Emrys
R469 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R93 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The beloved spiritual teacher builds on the message of his enduring New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements with this profound guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture-the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three eternal questions can help us into our power and use it judiciously: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love? At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet deeply profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Don Miguel Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions-or if we fail to pay attention to their answers-because we either never act on our power or use it destructively. Only when power is anchored in our identity and in reality will it be able to be in synch with the universe-and be of true benefit to ourselves and to others. The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz's transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. An essential guide for all travelers pursuing self-knowledge, understanding, and acceptance, The Three Questions is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis.

What Difference Do It Make? - Stories of Hope and Healing (Paperback): Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent What Difference Do It Make? - Stories of Hope and Healing (Paperback)
Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
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Some Stories Just Can't Be Stopped . . .
"What Difference Do It Make?" continues the hard-to-believe story of hope and reconciliation that began with the ""New York Times"" bestseller, """Same Kind of Different as Me""." Ron Hall and Denver Moore, unlikely friends and even unlikelier coauthors--a wealthy fine-art dealer and an illiterate homeless African American--share the hard-to-stop story of how a remarkable woman's love brought them together. Now, in """"What Difference Do It Make?"""" Ron and Denver along with Lynn Vincent offer:
"""""more of the story"""""--with untold anecdotes, especially Ron's struggle with his difficult father and Denver's dramatic stint in Angola prison
""""""the rest of the story""""""--how """""""Same Kind of Different as Me""""""" came to be written and changed the lives of its authors
""""""""the ongoing story""""""""--true tales of hope from people whose lives have been changed by Ron and Denver's story and how they make a difference in their worlds
"""""""""your part in the story"""""""""--wise, practical, and hard-lived guidance for how you can make a difference to those in need
""""""""""plus intriguing extras""""""""""--including full-page color samples of Denver's paintingsDeeply moving but never sappy or sentimental, """""""""""What Difference Do It Make?""""""""""" answers its own question with a simple and emphatic answer. What difference can one person (or two) make in the world? A lot

Healing Scriptures (Paperback): Kenneth E. Hagin Healing Scriptures (Paperback)
Kenneth E. Hagin
R159 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R31 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Healing Scriptures presents clear instructions on how to take God's medicine -- His Word -- so it can become healing and health to the believer's flesh!

Thomas Merton - A Life in Letters: The Essential Collection (Paperback): Thomas Merton Thomas Merton - A Life in Letters: The Essential Collection (Paperback)
Thomas Merton; Edited by William H. Shannon, Christine M. Bochen
R361 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R26 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Thomas Merton was one of the most prolific and provocative letter writers of the twentieth century. His letters (those written both by him and to him), archived at the Thomas Merton Studies Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, number more than ten thousand. For Merton, letters were not just a vehicle for exchanging information, but his primary means for initiating, maintaining, and deepening relationships. In this expert distillation of Thomas Mertons letters, we are offered a unique lens through which to relive the spiritual and social upheavals of the twentieth century, while encountering wisdom that is still relevant for our world today. Available now in paperback, this book is ideal for parish book groups, retreats, spiritual direction, and as a resource for training lay leaders.

The Way of Silence - Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life (Hardcover): David Steindl-Rast The Way of Silence - Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life (Hardcover)
David Steindl-Rast; Edited by Alicia von Stamwitz
R361 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Grist for the Mill - Awakening to Oneness (Paperback, Revised ed.): Ram Dass Grist for the Mill - Awakening to Oneness (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Ram Dass
R229 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R71 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From Ram Dass, one of America's most beloved spiritual figures and bestselling author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now, comes this timeless classic about the experience of being and the risks and rewards of our spiritual path. Originally published in 1976, Grist for the Mill offers a deep spiritual journey of self-discovery, and a universal understanding of what it means to "be" and to grow as human beings. The book is fully revised with a new introduction. As Ram Dass puts it, "When the faith is strong enough it is sufficient just to be. It's a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness, towards a kind of joy that is not in time. It's a journey that has taken us from primary identification with our body and our psyche, on to an identification with God, and ultimately beyond identification."

Grassroots Zen - Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback, Revised ed.): Perle Besserman Grassroots Zen - Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Perle Besserman
R280 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R59 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Grassroots Zen envisions a socially engaged Buddhism where zazen is integrated each day with work, family, and social obligations. Though both authors have practiced traditional Zen for decades, here they eschew the militaristic, patriarchal tendencies of Zen in favor of "an egalitarian community of socially mobile members who place less emphasis upon transmission and hierarchy than on individual responsibility."

Walking With Wisdom (Paperback, New): Nan C. Merrill Walking With Wisdom (Paperback, New)
Nan C. Merrill
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Religion and Spirituality in South Africa - New Perspectives (Paperback, New): Religion and Spirituality in South Africa - New Perspectives (Paperback, New)
R245 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R50 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Religion and spirituality are closely woven into the fabric of South African public and private life - though not always seamlessly or in matching thread. This title is concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in individual identity and belief, as well as in the public spheres of governance and policy-making. It brings together significant researchers from various disciplinary perspectives, ranging from law and politics to theology, literature and media studies, with the aim of investigating new critical approaches to religion and spirituality, particularly in the postcolony/South. The authors engage seriously with the challenge of accounting for the range and power of religious and spiritual discourses that run through individual and communal identification. We hope that this publication provides stimulation for further thought and work in this crucial area of South African, and postcolonial, study and life.

Julian of Norwich - "In God's Sight" Her Theology in Context (Hardcover): Philip Sheldrake Julian of Norwich - "In God's Sight" Her Theology in Context (Hardcover)
Philip Sheldrake
R1,370 R1,053 Discovery Miles 10 530 Save R317 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days
The Quest - History and Meaning in Religion (Paperback, New edition): Mircea Eliade The Quest - History and Meaning in Religion (Paperback, New edition)
Mircea Eliade
R441 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R26 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In "The Quest" Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural function that a study of the history of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the intelligent general reader in the hope that what he calls a new humanism "will be engendered by a confrontation of modern Western man with unknown or less familiar worlds of meaning."
"Each of these essays contains insights which will be fruitful and challenging for professional students of religion, but at the same time they all retain the kind of cultural relevance and clarity of style which makes them accessible to anyone seriously concerned with man and his religious possibilities."--Joseph M. Kitagawa, "Religious Education"

Something Other Than God - How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It (Paperback, New Softcover with New... Something Other Than God - How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It (Paperback, New Softcover with New Afterwo ed.)
Jennifer Fulwiler; Afterword by Cardinal Timothy Dolan
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Yoga Beyond the Mat - How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice (Paperback): Alanna Kaivalya Yoga Beyond the Mat - How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice (Paperback)
Alanna Kaivalya
R386 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R152 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

While many people engage in asana, or posture practice, yoga's true magic lies in its spiritual and psychological transformation.Yoga Beyond the Mat shows you how to develop a personal, holistic yoga lifestyle so you can achieve lasting and permanent transformation.Through ritual, Eastern meditation techniques, journaling, and other spiritual practices, this book provides techniques for allowing the ego to rest, giving modern day yogis what they have been missing-the realization of personal bliss.

The Five Principles - A Guide to Practical Spirituality (Paperback): Ellen Debenport The Five Principles - A Guide to Practical Spirituality (Paperback)
Ellen Debenport
R231 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R45 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Five Principles was written to provide tools for daily living and suggests answers to the great questions of existence. These principles reflect the laws of the universe that apply to everyone, all the time. They show up in every major religion and in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The author encourages every reader to "work with these principles, test them, apply them to your life, and watch what happens."

Cambridge Companions to Religion - The Cambridge Companion to Miracles (Paperback): Graham H. Twelftree Cambridge Companions to Religion - The Cambridge Companion to Miracles (Paperback)
Graham H. Twelftree
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The miracle stories of the founders and saints of the major world religions have much in common. Written by international experts, this Companion provides an authoritative and comparative study of miracles in not only Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism, but also, indigenous religions. The authors promote a discussion of the problems of miracles in our largely secular culture, and of the value of miracles in religious belief. The miracles of Jesus are also contextualized through chapters on the Hebrew Bible, classical culture to the Romans, Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. This book provides students with a scholarly introduction to miracles, which also covers philosophical, medical and historical issues.

Flunk. Start. - Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Hardcover): Sands Hall Flunk. Start. - Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Hardcover)
Sands Hall
R490 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R98 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Against the Stream - A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries (Paperback): Noah Levine Against the Stream - A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries (Paperback)
Noah Levine
R281 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R55 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day--in his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.

Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations, bestselling author Noah Levine guides the reader along a spiritual path that has led to freedom from suffering and has saved lives for 2,500 years. Levine should know. Buddhist meditation saved him from a life of addiction and crime. He went on to counsel and teach countless others the Buddhist way to freedom, and here he shares those life-changing lessons with you. Read and awaken to a new and better life.

Philosophies of Happiness - A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life (Paperback): Diana Lobel Philosophies of Happiness - A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life (Paperback)
Diana Lobel
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What does it mean to be truly happy? In Philosophies of Happiness, Diana Lobel provides a rich spectrum of arguments for a theory of happiness as flourishing or well-being, offering a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective on how to create a vital, fulfilling, and significant life. Drawing upon perspectives from a broad range of philosophical traditions-Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary-the book suggests that just as physical health is the well-being of the body, happiness is the healthy and flourishing condition of the whole human being, and we experience the most complete happiness when we realize our potential through creative engagement. Lobel shows that while thick descriptions of happiness differ widely in texture and detail, certain themes resonate across texts from different traditions and historical contexts, suggesting core features of a happy life: attentive awareness; effortless action; relationship and connection to a larger, interconnected community; love or devotion; and creative engagement. Each feature adds meaning, significance, and value, so that we can craft lives of worth and purpose. These themes emerge from careful study of philosophical and religious texts and traditions: the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus; the Chinese traditions of Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi; the Hindu Bhagavad Gita; the Japanese Buddhist tradition of Soto Zen master Dogen and his modern expositor Shunryu Suzuki; the Western religious traditions of Augustine and Maimonides; the Persian Sufi tale Conference of the Birds; and contemporary research on mindfulness and creativity. Written in a clear, accessible style, Philosophies of Happiness invites readers of all backgrounds to explore and engage with religious and philosophical conceptions of what makes life meaningful.

God, Yahweh, Allah - What Kids Want to Know: 100 Questions about Faith and Belief (Hardcover): Katia Mrowiec God, Yahweh, Allah - What Kids Want to Know: 100 Questions about Faith and Belief (Hardcover)
Katia Mrowiec
R378 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R29 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Questions, both simple and complex, posed by young people on three great religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. These questions with help in understanding one's own religion as well as learning about others.

Light in the Desert - Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert (Hardcover): Tony O'Brien Light in the Desert - Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert (Hardcover)
Tony O'Brien
R427 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R29 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In 1968 the Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, shortly after it was founded. His writings and photographs of his experience brought the secluded monas-tery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration. After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment for Life magazine in 1989, photojournalist Toni, O'Brien sought solace and perspective at the monastery. He returned in 1994 to do a story and, in the process, became a practising member of the community. During his year-long residency, O'Brien was granted rare access to photograph the monastery and the daily activities and offices that have been kept in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. O'Brien's camera became an instrument of contemplation and spiritual healing, his reverent photographs reflecting, as well, the harsh beauty and austerity of the monastic life. In an accompanying essay, poet Christopher Merrill follows the daily offices of the monastery, weaving threads of history, theology, and spirituality.

Contemplative Crochet - A Hands-on Guide for Interlocking Faith and Craft (Paperback): Cindy Crandall-Frazier Contemplative Crochet - A Hands-on Guide for Interlocking Faith and Craft (Paperback)
Cindy Crandall-Frazier
R314 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R57 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

With Hook in Hand, Enrich Your Spiritual Practice and Renew Your Awareness
of the Connections of Creativity to Spirit

What can you learn about yourself through your crocheting? What deeper symbolism lies behind the loops and patterns that you create? How can this simple activity help you make your way down a spiritual path? Delve into these questions and more in this imaginative book that will become your spiritual friend, your teacher and your sanctuary. Follow the crochet journeys of the author and other crocheters to discover how they have used their crocheting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. In this joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft, you will discover ways to: Find a Sense of Fullness and Gratitude Have More within a Structure of Less Combine the Spiritual Practices of Meditation and Prayer Create Tools for Intensifying Spiritual Practice Find Your Spiritual Path with Crochet Connect with Community through Crochet Make Crochet Uniquely Yours and much more

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